School dyslexia lab for kindergarten, 1st grade

PETAL, Miss. (AP) — Petal Primary School has a new lab for students who are having trouble learning to read.

Principal Kim Raulston tells the Hattiesburg American (http://hatne.ws/1bVwy1L) she set aside money from the school's budget to create a place where students with dyslexia can get intensive tutoring and support.

That's on top of a $129,000 state grant to train people at the primary school and Petal Elementary and Petal Upper Elementary to teach dyslexic students.

The school has 1,000 students. About 185 spend a few hours a week with the lab's two full-time and six part-time teachers' assistants.

Raulston says they're all children identified in kindergarten or first grade as dyslexic.

The teachers' assistants get the children to use their eyes, ears and muscles to help them learn letters and words.

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Information from: The Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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